Apart from being brothers in arms, musicians in famous bands are sometimes genuine brothers (or sisters). Such bond often has interesting consequences, ranging from pure genius to hilarious. Check out our rundown of bands with family members below.
Kicking it off on a heavy note, Pantera
brothers, Vinnie Paul
and late great Dimebag
forged their own brand of sound alongside Phil Anselmo
and Rex Brown
, resulting in a series of metal must-haves.
The Allman Brothers Band
More southern vibe with true Southern rock icons, the legendary Allman Brothers Band
. Similarly to Pantera
, the guitar-wielding brother, Duane
, is not among us anymore. Frontman Gregg
kept the band strong for 45 years, but the Allmans will call it quits lates in 2014, following the departure of Haynes
guitar duo. Interestingly enough, the band featured another duo of brothers in one of its lineups - the Toler
At the Gates
Swedish death metal greats At the Gates
not only feature two brothers in their lineup, but they've include genuine twins in their roster. Anders
and Jonas Bjorler
helped the band rise to a cult status with their '90s opus and are coming back this year with a brand new effort.
Ranging from genius to ridiculous, the relationship of Oasis
brothers is well documented in both classic rock numbers and excessive tabloid reports. Roger Daltrey
of the Who
recently brought up the idea of reuniting the guys for a benefit show, saying that "blood is thicker than music.
" Do you think he has a chance?
Not exactly an obvious choice, but Megadeth
did feature two brothers in one of its lineups. Back around 2004, brothers Shawn
and Glen Drover
were handling guitar and drum duties, respectively. As you might already know, Shawn is still bashing skins for the thrash titans.
Kings of Leon
With not two or three, but four brothers, Kings of Leon
consist solely of the Followill
Going back a bit, one of quintessential '60s rock bands, the Kinks
, was formed by brothers Ray
and Dave Davies
. Among the batch of their all-time hits, you're bound to know at least "You Really Got Me
Still ruling the hard rock domain, Young
brothers have been ripping it up with AC/DC
for well over four decades. And the boys are still going strong.
Speaking of guitar gods, it's hard not to mention Van Halen
. Do you think Eddie
would reach the axe master plateau without his brother Alex
Representing the ladies, Ann
and Nancy Wilson
started jamming together as early as 1963 and are still hitting it strong.
Standing by Thom Yorke
's side since the birth of Radiohead
, brothers Colin
and Jonny Greenwood
helped form and define what the alt rock act is all about.
Stone Temple Pilots
With all the drama going on after Scott Weiland
's firing, STP
, found themselves in the limelight of the rock world. As the band's founding members, the brothers are now venturing forth with Linkin Park
's Chester Bennington
handling the vocal duties.
Canadian indie rockers Arcade Fire
are rightfully ranked among last year's more prominent rock acts thanks to their latest effort "Reflektor
." Apart from the other three guys and a gal, the band is led by a sibling duo Win
and Will Butler
Shifting toward the heavy domain once again, French extreme metallers Gojira
feature two siblings in their lineup - frontman Joe Duplantier
and his brother Mario
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Apart from band leader John Fogerty
, rock icons CCR
also consisted of John's brother Tom
handling the rhythm guitar. Overshadowed by his younger brother, Tom still helped forge the band's distinctive tunes and all-time classics.
Speaking of musically dominant brothers, Dire Straits
frontman Mark Knopfler
was accompanied by his brother David
for three years as the group's co-founder before David's band departure in 1980.
Throughout the group's classic period, Cavalera
have been ripping it up hard, unleashing a number of groundbreaking records and putting the Brazilian act on the map of the heavy metal world.
My Chemical Romance
Before calling it quits last year, Way
had quite a good run with My Chemical Romance
. Handling vocal and bass duties, the sibling duo served as the band's driving force for over 12 years.
UG favorites Nickelback
are also eligible for the list with Kroeger
brothers. Frontman Chad
stands out as the band's prominent figure, while his brother Mike
's been handling the low end since the group's formation back in 1995.
Got any other family bands to share? The Ramones
, the White Stripes
(or not)? Let us know in the comments.